A team of five Lifted Strength and Nutrition powerlifters made their way to Swansea on January 5 to not only compete in the Lake Macquarie Strongman, but also raise much needed funds for the nation's 'heroes'.
While strongman doesn't perfectly conform with the squad's usual competitive habits, the four Mudgee athletes did however showcase exactly what they've got.
Kira Vidaic won second in the overall 80 kilogram female category, while head Lifted coach, Dylan McDonald took out the entire event.
Lifted Strength and Nutrition coach Hannah McDonald says while the results were welcomed, their visit placed more importance on fundraising for the RFS and WIRES.
"It's [fires] something that has affected everyone across the board regardless where they come from, everyone was interested to hear how we have been directly affected in Mudgee and we got to hear how they had been affected," she said.
We raised $1,500 between the four of us before we went over, and the whole event raised a little of $6,000.- Lifted Strength and Nutrition coach, Hannah McDonald
"The prize we won we donated back so they could raffle it off and get more money. It wasn't necessarily about competing for us.
"It was good to see our sport get represented among the strongman, it gave us a chance to show them what we are capable of.
"It's a strength community that came together."
McDonald, like the majority of Australia, shares in the hope of the end sight for the fires, rightfully naming those putting in countless hours to ensure the safety of others 'heros'.
"I think they're [firefighters] doing the best they can with the support they have, it is what it is at the end of the day but I think they're doing a phenomenal job," she said.
They are heroes, they deserve that status.
"Our hearts and compassion goes out to everyone that's been affected by the fires."
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